Journals are a great way to allow us to reflect on what has happened in the past. Because it is written, it gives us time to think about what influenced our thoughts and our feelings and what we learned or can learn from our experiences. There is no right or wrong response within a journal because it is based on our perceptions, understanding and experiences.
As instructors we want to know how you have interpreted the material we have covered and how you can see it applied not only to the work world, but also to other areas of our society. Therefore, though there may be no right or wrong responses, please give some thought to what you write down and remember this is unique to you; no one else will have the exact same thoughts and feelings, therefore each journal is also unique.
To help with the generation of your journaling ideas you may find the following four components of the Focused Conversation Method useful.
• Objective Data
Describe a situation: what did you see, hear, taste, smell and touch?
• Reflective Data
Describe your reaction; often an emotion or a feeling. This is what tells you the situation is important and worth writing about.
• Interpretive Data
Try to explain what you have observed. Use a concept or concepts from the course material.
• Decisional Data
What changes in behavior (if any) would there be if the situation presented itself again?
The content of your journal may come from your own experiences or an experience that you may have seen as part of current events or popular culture. It may be personal, or come from the areas of business, entertainment, sports, politics, or even religion.
Basically, you will be recounting a “story” or experience from your past or the experience of someone else and while describing it you will use concepts from class to help with your discussion.
For the first journal you will...